65 Million Refugees — and 30 Million Slaves

On June 20, 2016, the UN released a report that there are presently 65 million refugees across the world.[1] Some have fled because of revolutions, wars and marauders who rampage their homelands. Collapsed governments simply unable to maintain civil order open a void—quickly filled by “men with guns” who bring terror, take what they want and leave disgrace, death and destruction in their wake.

Sometimes it is the powers that be that drive oppressed peoples from their homeland—as was the case in the 18th and 19th Centuries when Native Americans became victims of a government that could not or would not keep its Treaty promises. A half a world away (“down under”) Aboriginal Tasmanians deprived of virtually all human rights, became victims of genocide when whites from Britain (1826-1829) wiped them out. In Africa, Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent more than half dozen European nations intruded. [2] 

The 20th Century saw upwards of 150 millions of people murdered by governments. Added to the state-organized murders of Hitler, Stalin and Mao Tse Tung, there were the enslaved tens of millions taken and abused by their command during both war and peace.  Today human trafficking and plain outright slavery is estimated to account for approximately 30 million victims. Precious few places on earth are not impacted by the human trafficking.[3] (See Newsletter: "When will God Free all the Slaves?") 

The New York Times (June 20, 2016) reported that, “All told, the number of people displaced by conflict is estimated to exceed 65 million, more than the population of Britain.

“The new figures, part of the United Nations refugee agency’s Global Trends Report, come as hostility is surging toward migrants and refugees in the Western countries where they are seeking sanctuary and relief. The European Union has shown signs of fracturing over how to handle the influx of people crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

"The United Nations high commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi, expressed alarm on Sunday about what he described as a 'climate of xenophobia [fear of foreigners] that is very worrying in today’s Europe.'”

As a matter of fact, Biblically speaking, we are all refugees—refugees from the Paradise that God originally provided for our ancestors and for us on this earth. Will we ever be restored to that kind of “homeland”—the “Garden of Eden”? Yes, every day for almost 2,000 years Christians have prayed for the day when there will be an end to humanity’s refugee status as they utter the “Lord’s Prayer.”

“Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” It probably should not surprise us that Jesus spoke of God’s Kingdom as a Paradise on earth. It is all in God’s Plan. We all earnestly pray that Kingdom will come sooner than later. It will be the time of the healing of the nations. Revelation 22:2

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[1] http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/20/world/middleeast/record-65-million-displaced-by-global-conflicts-un-says.html?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits&_r=0

[2] Belgium, Britian, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain

[3] See http://www.freetheslaves.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orlando Massacre: Hope Beyond the Terror

The entire world seems to be experiencing post traumatic stress! And what wonder. The war ravaged areas across the globe, the fleeing refugees of economic desperation and even one repetitive mass murder of innocent victims dominates world news. Does the Bible offer any solution to end the madness and provide hope for a world in despair?

Prophecies tell in the end times that every man's hand shall be against his neighbor. (Zechariah 14:13) And truly, there is an atmosphere of anger, fear, jealousy and distrust throughout our country as we find ourselves divided as never before politically, socially, morally, financially and religiously. Solutions to prevent unprecedented tragic events such as we see in Orlando, Sandy Hook and San Bernardino are also divided.

 Political and Social views:

• The “Left” says that the answer is more gun control — taking the military style weapons of war out of the hands of the public. The “Right” says that this would leave the innocent public without defense against those criminals who would find a way to get military weapons.

• So some incline to say that gays and lesbians should not be the victims of hate and should be free to live as they chose. Others say that the LGBT community is asking for trouble, because they are living ungodly lives and it is no wonder that they are targeted. 

• But some may say that we should embrace, welcome and love all, even Muslim citizens of the world, because love will conquer all. More forcefully some say that we should ban all Muslims from entering the country, because we can't possibly know who can be trusted.

Does the Bible offer any solution to end the madness and provide hope for a world in despair? Yes, there is an answer that will put an end to the radical, destructive behavior that stems from soul sickness. Yes, this hope for all who have died and for all who are suffering is found in Acts 3:19-21: "...times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord... Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began." 

God is allowing people living in the end times to learn that mankind is incapable of solving the world's problems. This permission of evil has the very purpose of educating and preparing mankind for the promised “times of restitution.” At that time, they will begin to seek for God's righteous Kingdom under the rule of the great Messiah. They will be blessed with a full Knowledge of God and a full opportunity for attaining everlasting life through their redeemer — the great restorer and life-giver.

Following are just a few of the hundreds of blessings promised by God's kingdom to come, when His will shall be done on earth as it is being done in heaven . . .

• God promises peace after the shaking of all nations.

Zephaniah 3:8-9; Micah 4:3; Haggai 2:7

• He promises that happiness will replace all fear and sadness.

Isaiah 25:8; Isaiah 35:10

• He promises that the world will learn righteousness after having experienced sin and death for over 6,000 years.

Isaiah 26:9; Zephaniah 3:9

• He promises that all tears shall be wiped off all faces.

Isaiah 25:8; Revelation 7:17; 21:4, 5

• He promises that there will be a time when sickness will come to an end.

Isaiah 33:24; Isaiah 35:5; Revelation 21:4

• He promises that the great enemy death shall be swallowed up in victory.

Isaiah 25:8; 35:10; 1 Corinthians 15:24, 54-56; 1 Timothy 2:3-6; Revelation 21:4

• He promises that wars shall cease.

Isaiah 2:4; Micah 4:3; Psalm 46:9

• He promises that all evil shall be suppressed.

Psalm 37:10; Isaiah 35:8,9; 55:7; Revelation 20:2, 3

• He promises that truth shall triumph and lies shall be abolished forever.

Psalm 85:11; Habakuk 2:14; Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17

• He promises that Satan, the prince of darkness who now rules in the hearts of men, shall be forever destroyed.

1 Corinthians 15:25, 26; Revelation 20:10, 14

• He promises that there will be no more poverty, but that ALL will have an abundance of food, shelter and comfort.

Isaiah 65:22, 23; Micah 4:4; Psalm 67:6; Isaiah 35:1; Psalm 67:6; 85:12; Isaiah 51:3

• He promises that one day, everyone will have liberty and justice.

Isaiah 26:9; 28:17; Jeremiah 31:33, 34; Ezekiel 34:26

• He promises that, in due time, nothing shall ever hurt or destroy again.

Isaiah 11:9; Isaiah 35:8,9

• He promises life after death for everyone who has ever lived.

Romans 5:12-21; 1 Corinthians 15:21, 22; John 5:28, 29

To read more on these prophetic promises,please click the following link to read the book—

 THE DIVINE PLAN OF THE AGES

This Christian classic contains over 1,600 Old and New Testament Scriptures explained clearly and understandably. It provides a logical progression of the Scriptures, delineating God’s plan from paradise lost to paradise restored. It was the third best seller in the early 1900s — the Bible and the Chinese Almanac being first and second. Joseph Bryant Rotherham, translator of The Emphasized Bible, described the book as “...bold, broad, and breezy; very refreshing after the stereotyped dogmas and platitudes which pass current in the theological world.... The Chapter on ‘the Permission of Evil’ is alone more than worth the price of the whole volume...”

 All of the great Bible themes are examined, such as:

• Why God Permits Suffering and His Purpose for Allowing Evil for a Measured Time

• The Great Epochs, Characters and Events in God’s Merciful Plan for Mankind

• The Purpose and Expectation of Christ’s Second Advent

• The Day of Judgment and Its Relationship to the Benevolent Kingdom of God

• The Hope of the Good News Provided by the Promised Ransom & Restitution

 

Jesus, the World Savior

As the Savior of the world, Jesus died “a ransom for all, to be testified in due times,” 1 Timothy 2:6. Yet millions living and dead never heard the name of Jesus for salvation to eternal life. Remember, Acts 4:12 states “there is none other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

Many Bible believing Christians expect Jesus to return in the End-Times to set up his Kingdom. You will be inspired by the free booklet, “What Is This World Coming to?” It reveals the many End-Time prophecies that are now being fulfilled in Israel and throughout the world.

Yes, the full establishment of the 1,000 year Kingdom of Christ is near, when “they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest,” Hebrews 8:11.

Who are these people who never heard of Jesus before Christ’s Kingdom is established on earth? Acts 15:14-17 speaks of “the remainder of men” seeking after the Lord following the establishment of the Kingdom.

Do you have loved ones or family who never accepted Jesus as their Savior? There is wonderful hope for them!

The booklet “What Is This World Coming to?” is not only an exciting study of End-Time prophecies. It is an enthralling Scriptural revealment of the climactic  purpose of the 1,000-year Kingdom of our Savior, in God’s Plan Of The Ages.